SBS secures news content from ABC (USA)

SBS has announced a news content deal with American Broadcasting Corporation.

America’s number one evening news bulletin, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir will drop exclusively on SBS On Demand from 6.30am, and will air on SBS VICELAND later that day. From July 30, the program will air daily on SBS at 12.30pm, followed by an encore screening on SBS VICELAND that afternoon.

Flagship political affairs program, This Week with George Stephanopoulos will air weekly on SBS from Monday, 1 July at 6.30am, followed by an encore screening on SBS VICELAND later that day. The deal also includes catch up episodes available on SBS On Demand for seven days from broadcast.

In addition, SBS will broadcast and/or stream ABC America’s coverage of major political events, including the Presidential Debates and the Republican and Democratic Party Conventions.

SBS Director of News and Current Affairs, Jim Carroll said: “During a particularly fascinating period in US and global politics, we are very excited to be partnering with a news service of the calibre of ABC News. Australians have a voracious appetite for comprehensive and intelligent coverage of what’s happening in America and its relationship with the rest of the world.

“SBS has global news agreements with leading broadcasters in the UK, Middle East, Europe, USA and Asia, cementing SBS as the Australian network with the deepest relationships with international media organisations. ”

World News Tonight with David Muir provides the latest information and analysis of major events from around America, and across the World.

This Week with George Stephanopoulos is the number one Sunday political discussion program in America, featuring newsmaker interviews, panel discussions and debates on a wide range of issues. The series puts a unique perspective on the preceding week’s news and often sets the stage for the week ahead.

The two new ABC America programs join SBS’s World Watch schedule, which includes bulletins in 35 languages, from 43 international broadcasters.

Remaining in their current daily slots on SBS are Italian at 7:30am, Filipino at 8.10am, French at 8:40am, Greek at 9:30am, German at 10:30am, Spanish at 11:00am, Arabic at 12:00pm and PBS NewsHour at 1pm (Tues-Sat). Current broadcasts on SBS that are impacted are the Turkish news, which moves to 11.30am from July 30, and Spanish news, which reduces to 30 minutes.


  1. The ABC morning show which was dropped by 9 a while back was the weakest of the big 3 US Network shows of that type shown on FTA here-can’t see this getting any traction over the much more highly regarded PBS Newshour on SBS or ‘Meet The Press’ on 7.

    • Sky News also dropped ABC World News some time ago, which it aired on its primary channel on weekends and A-PAC on weekdays. You can access ABC News’ streaming service for free in Australia anyway, a 24 hour online channel with content from US ABC News.

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